Johnson is one of the big acts on Friday night this year, and tickets for his performance are still available.
Johnson is one of the big acts on Friday night this year, and tickets for his performance are still available.

Last chance for blues fest tickets

By WILLOW ALIENTO

THREE out of five nights of the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival over the Easter weekend, March 24-28, have sold out.

Organiser Peter Noble said only a few hundred tickets still remained for Friday night, and there were still about 3000 tickets left for Thursday night.

Thursday night's headline acts include the Cat Empire, Angelique Kidjo, Dave Matthews Band, Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets, and Solomon Burke.

Half of Cold Chisel is also playing Thursday night, with Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes doing back-toback solo sets on the Crossroads stage.

Friday's big acts include Jack Johnson, George Thorogood, Fred Eaglesmith, Violent Femmes, Bo Diddley, Janis Ian, The Frames and John Lee Hooker Junior.

Mr Noble said that while season and three-day tickets sold out a while ago, at least 150 season tickets had been held for locals.

These will be on sale at Soundwaves in Byron Bay on February 26.

For those who have been wondering whether they will see a stripped back or acoustic REM and Violent Femmes, the answer is no.

Mr Noble said both bands would be playing full-energy shows, the same type of set as their national tour dates in capital cities.

And while Red Devil Park is again this year's home base, a future move is afoot, as festival organisers consider three different sites for building a new and bigger venue.

"We are not going to be jumping into anything," Mr Noble said.

"We have a contract with the Red Devil ground for some years yet."

For full program and ticket details, go to www.blues- fest.com.au



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